Ollie O’Donovan enjoyed a successful début at Mettet in Belgium last weekend as he introduced his new Team RX Racing Ford Fiesta in the 2015 FIA European Rallycross Championship.
The weekend began slowly for the London based Irishman as he encountered starting issues in heat one, however he went on to win his heat two race as he and the team worked on the car’s setup with the result being quicker and quicker lap times throughout the remaining heats. Such was his improving pace that O’Donovan just missed out on the Semi-Finals by finishing in 13th place after the Intermediate standings.
O’Donovan was very happy with his and the car’s opening weekend and praised his team for their hard work.
“I really enjoyed the event in Belgium, the track was brilliant and it was a great venue. I’m very pleased with the Fiesta. We were changing the setup a lot and I think we have at least a second a lap to find very easily. That second and more would have put us in the middle of the hunt for the semi-finals,” said O’Donovan. “We were on too hard a setup with all weekend, but we will change that for the World Championship event next weekend at Lydden Hill and for the next round of the European Championship in Germany.”
He also went to compare the difference in performance between the new Tony Bardy Motorsport prepared Ford Fiesta and his previous car, the Mk2 Ford Focus.
“The Fiesta is a big step forward from the Ford Focus we’ve used previously. At the moment we are on Focus pace, but there’s a lot more to come from the new car and from me. I’m a bit nervous with the car at the moment, but we know where we need to improve and we will make as many of those steps as we can this week.”
Ollie O’Donovan and Team RX Racing are part of the 30 strong Supercar entrants that will take part at Lydden Hill this weekend for the fourth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.